Nexus 5 vs Nexus 5x



  • @rocket2nfinity
    ATT rejected my IMEI also, from their website. Though Id call them to make sure. Ill keep checking even for carriers with no service right at my house(we have land line also). By the way, what is MVNO

    I checked my IMEI on Imei checker. It is a D820. one odd thing was under comments, IMEI.info: Negative byAnonymouson 2016/05/20 01:24Opinion:THIS IMEI # SHOWS UP ON A 16GB LG NEXUS 5 BEING SOLD BY WOOT.COM FROM A SELLER IN ASTORIA, NY

    Is that just a dealer that sold it at one time? Or is it a bad IMEI?
    Thanks for the great reply.



  • @dobey Good to know. I haven't used Verizon in years. I did not see that, about CDMA, in the forums anywhere. That is something that should be put in the devices guide if it's not a temporary thing.



  • @jjconstr What specifically did at&t's IMEI checker say? It sounds like you may have a phone not released from someone's account. Hopefully not stolen. You will need to contact Woot or whomever it says owns the account to get it released, or via a paid service. If it specifically said it was reported stolen, then you won't be able to use it on any network. If that's the case, keep it to experiment with, or get your money back. If it's just still locked to someone's account, that can be fixed by contacting the last seller you just listed.

    An MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) is a company that does not own it's own towers, but leases service from one of the major networks and sells that service to you. PagePlus, for instance, or SimpleMobile. Some MVNOs are owned by the major networks. At&t owns Cricket, T-Mobile owns Metro by T-Mobile, Sprint owned Boost until last week.



  • @rocket2nfinity
    have a store in your area, then they have coverage. I'd really be surprised if you didn't have either at&t or T-mobile in your area.

    Check and let us know
    We have ATT, Verizon, StraightTalk, Consumer, some satellite carriers that I know of from the phone book and seeing in walmart



  • @jjconstr Then it appears your problem is that the phone is not released from someone's account. If it hasn't been reported stolen, it can be unlocked. It is often easier to just go through a paid service rather than fight the previous seller to unlock the device from the previous owner's account. It should have been done automatically, but sometimes it isn't. Here's how to accomplish that.

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-unlock-a-phone-on-every-carrier/

    Any of the paid services in that list will do. It should cost between $10 - $20 to achieve that. Could take an hour to a few days depending on who you use and what they need to do to get it released.



  • @rocket2nfinity said in Nexus 5 vs Nexus 5x:

    @jjconstr regarding the boot loop, the N5 is really hard to break. Chances are it will boot with the installer. That's why we love the N5 so much around here, it's very difficult to brick. So, if it's in a boot loop, it's most likely that way because someone flashed a wrong file or borked the partitions.

    The power button can eventually poop out, which gives you a boot loop. I have two N5's down, have two replacement buttons, but it's a pretty tedious repair, so haven't made the time to buckle down and attempt it.



  • @vandys That is true. It's fixable though if you have the skills. I do, so I don't think of it as a device killer. A more common cause for boot loop is a bad software flash. It can get tricky getting out of that sand trap once you're in it. I've repaired many devices that were "dead" like that. Some of those fixes are beyond what the average user can do.



  • @dobey
    Good to know. Ill check Tmobile too.



  • @rocket2nfinity
    Good idea.

    @rocket2nfinity said in Nexus 5 vs Nexus 5x:

    @dobey Good to know. I haven't used Verizon in years. I did not see that, about CDMA, in the forums anywhere. That is something that should be put in the devices guide if it's not a temporary thing.



  • @rocket2nfinity

    @rocket2nfinity said in Nexus 5 vs Nexus 5x:

    @jjconstr What specifically did at&t's IMEI checker say? It sounds like you may have a phone not released from someone's account. Hopefully not stolen. You will need to contact Woot or whomever it says owns the account to get it released, or via a paid service. If it specifically said it was reported stolen, then you won't be able to use it on any network.

    Here is the entire comments list; notice the dates. Nothing I saw said stolen. thanks for the info.
    IMEI Check info. Comments:
    Negative byAnonymouson 2016/05/20 01:24
    Opinion:0
    THIS IMEI # SHOWS UP ON A 16GB LG NEXUS 5 BEING SOLD BY WOOT.COM FROM A SELLER IN ASTORIA, NY
    Negative byAnonymouson 2016/05/21 14:35
    Opinion:0
    This IMEI number belongs to my nexus 5, but it has 16GB built-in memory & information on this site is showing 32GB.
    Neutral by Brandin456 on 2016/08/18 13:09
    Opinion:0
    Same here, I have a Nexus 5 and it only has 16 Gb, the site shows 32
    Negative byAnonymouson 2016/09/04 01:53
    Opinion:0
    Exactly, shows 32gb for only a 16gb in my hand
    Neutral byAnonymouson 2016/09/13 23:58
    Opinion:0
    Not good
    Neutral by Brandin456 on 2016/09/27 23:23
    Opinion:0
    These dudes are right, the nexus only has 16 Gb, which you can only use 12gb! Also it uses a Nano SIM card, not a Micro .
    Neutral byAnonymouson 2016/10/01 01:56
    Opinion:1
    What section tells me if my phone is unlocked
    Negative byamanon 2018/11/11 08:46
    Opinion:0
    fraud website. showing wrong information. this model has 16 gb and its showing 32 gb

    Add comment:



  • @rocket2nfinity

    @rocket2nfinity said in Nexus 5 vs Nexus 5x:

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-unlock-a-phone-on-every-carrier/

    Wow! I love these links. If Im not sure it is locked? What does the service do?



  • @jjconstr If you keep putting your IMEI in at&t, T-Mobile, and other checkers, and it says not eligible/cannot be used on this network, or something to that effect (which you indicated with at&t and Verizon) it means one of two things:

    A: the device is carrier locked.

    B: the device is still listed as active on someone's cellphone account. This frequently happens with at&t, but also with others.

    You need to clarify for yourself if this is the case, by putting your IMEI specifically in the "is my phone eligible" checker in the bring your own device section of AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, and Sprint.

    Each will say yes or no. If one says yes, and the others no, it's carrier locked to that provider but not on anyone's account. If it says yes on multiple providers, you're good to go. If it says no on every one, then do not pass go, collect $20 and give it to the paid unlocking company of your choice at the bottom of the previous article. If it says stolen, then return the device and get your money back because it will never be usable on a network again.

    Or if you have active SIMs lying around, you can insert them one at a time and get the same answers.

    If it is locked or on someone's account, the paid services contact the carrier and get it removed, and/or apply a software solution that gives them a unique factory unlock code they give to you for your device only. You input the code, it unlocks your phone so you can use it on any network.



  • @rocket2nfinity

    @rocket2nfinity said in Nexus 5 vs Nexus 5x:

    PagePlus, for instance, or SimpleMobile. Some MVNOs are owned by the major networks. At&t owns Cricket, T-Mobile owns Metro by T-Mobile, Sprint owned Boost until last week.

    Results of online carrier IMEI compatibility searches; ATT IMEI not found, Sprint non-committal but would proceed with activation. Straightalk no IMEI search. PagePlus not compatible. US Cellular not recognized. Cricket compatible. Cingular site failed to load.
    What can we know from these results?
    Also, holding power and volume down buttons, brings up a list of details about this phone. One of them says, carrier info-none. Another says, Lock state -unlocked. Is this OEM Lock and is it different than carrier lock?



  • @jjconstr T-Mobile?, Metro by T-Mobile? Re-try at&t. Their site is flaky. Double check your digits inputted.



  • @jjconstr Yes, OEM unlock means the bootloader is unlocked - necessary for loading after market ROMs.

    Carrier lock is whether the phone is locked to an individual cell phone network. Needs to also be unlocked unless you are happy with the network it is locked to.



  • @rocket2nfinity

    @rocket2nfinity said in Nexus 5 vs Nexus 5x:

    @jjconstr T-Mobile?, Metro by T-Mobile? Re-try at&t. Their site is flaky. Double check your digits inputted.

    I went to ATT store to check phone compatibility today. They said probably ok. Had them put in a sim card and activate it prepaid to test the coverage for a while. Worked pretty well. Don't have service at home, but expect to have it near home. one problem was calling a number with an out of state area code. It did not go through. Message said, Cant be completed, try again later. Using my other Verizon phone, it went through fine. The number dialed was on a Verizon account. Trying again, many time actually, it went through some times and sometimes not. Sometimes the phone screen blinked on and off about every two seconds. Straight talk and Consumer cellular are also options. I ordered Sim cards from both.

    Im happy to have it working! Am looking for another for my wife.



  • @jjconstr
    Great you finally managed to make it work.

    The problem calling out of state may come from the network coverage.
    It may happen if the signal is too weak or if the bandwidth goes down...



  • @jjconstr Wonderful. Check your network settings under cellular and see if any other networks pop up. If they do, then that's who you can connect to.

    So from incomplete data (you did not tell me what T-mobiles and Metro's BYOD IMEI checker said), the device is network unlocked - based on the fact that Sprint also said it's compatible. You'll need to check this for your wife's N5 if you don't buy a device that specifically says OEM unlocked (bootloader unlocked) and carrier unlocked (network unlocked). A lot of used devices on eBay are locked one way or another.

    Happy computing



  • @AppLee
    Thanks for the encouragement. Setting up the next one should be easier.



  • @rocket2nfinity said in Nexus 5 vs Nexus 5x:

    So from incomplete data (you did not tell me what T-mobiles and Metro's BYOD IMEI checker said), the device is network unlocked - based on the fact that Sprint also said it's compatible. You'll need to check this for your wife's N5 if you don't buy a device that specifically says OEM unlocked (bootloader unlocked) and carrier unlocked (network unlocked). A lot of used devices on eBay are locked one way or another.

    To complete the data further, T-moble said incompatible, Cricket said compatible, pageplus not compatible, US cellular not recognised and coverage map shows data only far and wide. Ive tried all that have stores in our area or phone book. Interestingly, ATT is not in our white or yellow pages. They have a store here, but use google advertising.
    Im confused. Did you mean to say, "...DO buy a device that specifically says OEM unlocked (bootloader unlocked) and carrier unlocked (network unlocked).
    Unlocked is preferred?


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